Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2004 Acura TL
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: Kansas City, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2013

Second set of ExtremeContact DWS tires I've purchased for my vehicles - Acura and Honda. This is a great year round tire. Perfect for DWS conditions. Price is affordable, comfy ride, steering response and traction in all weathers is great. Just had a couple inches of snow and these performed GREAT. Waiting for the heavy snowfall to give am update. Spirited driving here and there and I know my tires - and these exceed my expectation for an all season tire. If you're looking for all-season performance and drive your car NORMALLY, then this is a great tire for you. Some negative reviews I've seen on this tire are from people who try to "race" or drive the crap out of these tires. These aren't racing/all terrain racing tires. Sidewalls are kind of soft/thin (but I believe Continental made them that way to help dissipate heat during the summer months). Steering response is good but don't expect them to respond like a racing tire. Keep these rotated about every other oil change and you're set to go. These tires have long life from having them on my first car.

 

Pirelli Makes Some of the Best Winter Tires for 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Pirelli doesn't just make performance tires like the P Zero line, they also produce world class winter / snow tires for a range of vehicles from small cars and high performance sports cars to large SUVs, trucks and crossover vehicles. So, whether you need affordable studded snow tires for your Honda Civic, performance snow tires for your BMW 3 Series or tires for the family's SUV for ski trips, Pirelli has you covered!

 Pirelli Winter Carving
Pirelli Winter Carving
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
 Pirelli Winter SottoZero 3
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3


The Pirelli Winter Carving is a Studdable Winter / Snow tire made in a variety of sizes for those looking for a traditional studdable snow tire. With or without studs, the Winter Carving represents a great value in a traditional studdable winter tire. Note, that while studded tires are not the quietest tires, they do offer great snow and ice traction. To learn more about about using studded tires, read "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is an outstanding choice for crossovers, trucks and SUVs. It features an Ecoimpact icon branded on the sidewall to highlight the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air and low noise. The tire is designed to deliver low temperature wintertime driving performance by combining predictable handling on dry and wet roads with traction in snow and on ice.

Drivers looking for a high performance winter tire that will provide some winter traction for better dry road grip and steering response should consider the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3. The tire was developed with the philosophy that winter tires must perform in a variety of unpredictable weather conditions.

All three tires feature aggressive, directional tread patterns for great water and snow/slush evacuation. Looking for winter aftermarket alloy wheels or steel wheels to mount your winter tires on? Check out "Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack" for some great options.

Tire Alternatives and Options for Your 2009 and Newer Honda Fit Sport

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Time for new tires on your beloved Honda Fit Sport? The Original Equipment size of 185/55R16 offered two options, the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 and Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S. Regrettably, but not all that unusual for Original Equipment, they do not fare that well in our customer survey results. Looking for some other options? Then consider changing the tire size to 205/50R16. This size is only .1" taller and about 3/4" wider than the original tire. It will mount onto the factory wheel and fit without rubbing or other fitment issues.

In this alternate size you will find many options from all-season tires to summer performance tires. To learn about the different performance categories tires fall in and find the one that's right for you, read "What Tire Performance Category Do I Need?

General Altimax HP
General AltiMAX
HP
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Fuzion Touring
Fuzion
Touring


General AltiMAX HP  

A long-time favorite, this Grand Touring All-Season tire features a directional pattern for better wet grip and comes with a 55,000-mile treadlife warranty. It was developed to be a smarter tire for smarter drivers by addressing many of the treadwear quality and year-round traction challenges faced by drivers of today's sedans and coupes. This tires is a great bang for your buck!

Continental ExtremeContact DWS

The ExtremeContact DWS is for the Honda Fit Sport owner who's more of a spirited driver. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tires is currently ranked first in its category and delivers very good winter traction.

ExtremeContact DWS tires feature Tuned Performance Indicators -- visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have worn away, the remaining "D" shows the tire only has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions.

Fuzion Touring  

For the value minded customer, this is a quality product from Bridgestone. This affordably priced tire is designed to blend good treadwear, a quiet ride and all-season traction on dry and wet roads, as well as in light snow.

To view more options available for your Honda Fit Sport, shop by size.

Winter / Snow Tires and Wheels for the Tesla Model S

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Are you looking for winter options for your new Tesla Model S? We have the best selection of tires and affordable winter wheels for your vehicle.

If you're looking strictly for a set of dedicated winter tires and you have the stock 19" wheels, take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D. Both of these are fantastic Performance Winter / Snow tires that will give you optimum winter grip, but maintain the sporty handling characteristics you're accustom to with your Tesla.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Dunlop Winter Sport 3D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Sport Edition WX5
Sport Edition WX5
Rial Lugano
RIAL Lugano


Tesla owners with the 21" dedicated summer tires will definitely need a tire that provides winter grip. We would suggest you downsize to one of the 19" options (as narrower tires are recommended for winter driving) listed above and wrap them on either the Sport Edition WX5 or RIAL Lugano. The WX5 is available in both a black painted and bright silver paint finish, while the Lugano comes in a bright silver paint and titanium gunmetal finish. We can also equip your new Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with TPMS Sensors. Have your Tesla prepared for winter by creating a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

Looking for an Affordable Winter / Snow Tire? Check Out Dunlop's Winter Maxx

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Since the original Dunlop Graspic was released over ten years ago, Dunlop has offered solid winter / snow tires with very good levels of snow and ice traction and a price point that's often lower than competitors. Although praised for great snow traction, the various generations of Dunlop's Graspic line of winter tires did not match the dry road handling of top competitors and suffered from slower steering response. 

Their latest iteration, the Graspic DS-3 is being replaced this year by the all-new Dunlop Winter Maxx. The Dunlop Winter Maxx continues in the tradition of a value-oriented price point that's lower than top tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category, such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. For more information on these two tires, read "Bridgestone Blizzak vs. Michelin X-Ice Winter / Snow Tires."

Unlike previous generations of Dunlop Studless Ice & Snow tires, the Winter Maxx has a T-speed rating, good up to 118 mph for a top speed. Because of this, we expect the Winter Maxx to have better handling for the days when there isn't snow on the road. 

If you're looking for a value-oriented, affordable set of winter / snow tires, check out the new Dunlop Winter Maxx!

Best Nissan Murano Tires for All-Season and Snow Traction.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Gary Stanley

My in-laws recently purchased a 2010 Nissan Murano SL. They were looking for a crossover SUV to use for traveling and daily driving and this vehicle fit the bill perfectly. While the Murano was in excellent condition, the tires were not. The tires' remaining tread depth measured at 4/32" in the rear and closer to 2/32" in the front. With winter fast approaching, this is not an acceptable tread depth for reliable snow traction that we need in this part of the country. We recommend a minimum tread depth of 6/32" to begin a winter season. Below this depth and the tire is reduced to "nibbling" at the snow rather than biting through it to find traction. 

I prefer winter / snow tires for our area, especially due to the heavy lake effect snowstorms that frequent during the winter months. Winter tires, like the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, have much better winter traction than an all-season option. You can view my experience with this tire on a crossover vehicle by reading "My Story on Winter Tires."

However, my in-laws only to want purchase a single set of tires to use year-round, so I needed to find them an all-season tire with especially good snow traction. Affordable tires with great ride quality, treadwear and wet traction were also high on their priority list. Rather than purchase aftermarket rims, these were to be installed on the factory aluminum alloy wheels. Based on their situation, I recommended three tires, the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia and Firestone Destination LE 2

 CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
422 Ecopia
 Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination
LE 2


Which tires did they choose? It would be hard to go wrong with any of these tires as they're all very highly ranked in our customer survey results. After looking over our data, customer reviews and tire tests, they chose the Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology for its winter traction and 70,000-mile treadwear warranty.   

To see if your tires are appropriate for winter driving, read "Tread Depth - Why Too Little is Never Enough."

Steel Wheels for Off-Roading Now Available

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Ben Rooney

After receiving numerous inquiries from customers seeking a steel wheel suitable for off-road use on trucks, we have added the Black Rock line of steel wheels. These ruggedly constructed wheels are available in a wide range of popular sizes for light trucks and utility vehicles.

Heavier than most other wheels we carry, Black Rock wheels are built for durability in harsh environments and are affordable enough that most owners will not be shy about taking them into off-road conditions. Unlike many inexpensive wheel brands, Black Rock manufactures their wheels in the United States. Taking their cue from Henry Ford, Black Rock steel wheels are available in any color you want, as long as it's black.

While there is only one color choice, there are several different styles and sizes to choose from. Diameters range from 15" to 17". Widths range from 7" to 10". Not all styles or sizes are available for every application, so make sure to shop by vehicle to see which wheels are made for your truck. While you're at it, look at maximum-traction mud tires to pair with a Black Rock wheel to create a true off-road Tire & Wheel Package.

Advantages of a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Every winter, drivers are faced with the dangerous task of navigating highways and streets that are covered with ice and snow. Municipal budgets are strained and the roads aren't always plowed and cared for like they should. Choosing to go with a dedicated Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package provides several advantages.

The traction capabilities of any winter tire is far superior to that of an all-season option. They give you total confidence and allow you to drive safely in winter's toughest conditions. Rather than just putting a set of winter tires on your stock wheels, a set of winter wheels gives you more flexibility and options. Many times you're able to downsize the wheel, which also permits you to choose a tire that is a little more narrow. Narrower tires in the winter will perform better since they have less ice and snow to plow through. Also, downsizing the wheel means that the sidewall of the tire will be a little taller, therefore protecting you against those inevitable potholes that can't always be seen in the snow. A dedicated set of winter wheels will help keep your summer wheels in good condition by keeping them out of winter elements.

When you choose a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you're ready for winter as soon as it starts snowing. We will mount and balance your package for free. You may think that this option would be too expensive, however we offer several wheels that can make this a very affordable option. Some advantages to ordering a package, include:

  • Inexpensive winter options make packages affordable
  • Easy, bolt-on installation before the first snow
  • Detailed installation instructions included
  • Never pay for mount/re-mount again
  • All necessary hardware (lugs, center caps, centering rings, etc.) included at no charge with most wheels

Be prepared to tackle winter conditions with a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package!

Which Yokohama Family Suits You Best?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Yokohama tires were introduced to the United States in 1969, but have been produced since 1917. Personally, I've been using their products since 1998. There are three basic families of Yokohama tires: ADVAN, AVID and Geolanders.

ADVAN

The ADVAN line was introduced to the U.S. market in 2005 and has been widely popular and successful in the performance world. Their newest member is the ADVAN Neova AD08 R which resides in the Extreme Performance Summer class. The AD08 R combines excellent dry traction with impressive wet traction for that warm weather driver who demands fast and fun driving.

AVID

AVID tires stand tall with the AVID ENVigor and AVID Ascend. The AVID ENVigor combines the feel and handling of a sport tire with a touch of all-season capability. It works very well for performance based drivers who require four season traction. A new tire to the AVID family, the Ascend, combines long treadwear, low rolling resistance and all-season traction for those who place more emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear.

Geolandar

Finally, Geolandar tires fulfill the needs of light truck and SUV owners. The Geolandar H/T-S G051 has been widely popular and affordable since its debut in 2002. It appeals to the light duty pick-up truck and SUV owner looking for a more comfortable ride, handling and year-round traction.


Yokohama ADVAN Neova
AD08 R

Yokohama AVID
ENVigor

Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S
G051


Navigate our Tire Decision Guide to see which family suits your needs best.

What Are the Best Replacement Tires and Size for the Honda Fit Sport?

Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Time for new tires on your beloved Honda Fit Sport? The Original Equipment tires in the 185/55R16 size were available with two options, the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 and Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S. These tires, however, didn't fare all that well in our customer survey results. With that in mind, consider the following offerings in the 205/50R16 size. This size is only .1" taller and about 3/4" wider than the original size. It'll mount on to the factory wheel and fit without rubbing or any fitment issue.

In this alternate size you will have options ranging from Passenger All-Season to summer performance tires. To gain an understanding of the differences between tires, read "What Tire Performance Category Do I Need?"


General AltiMAX HP

Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Fuzion Touring


The General AltiMAX HP features a directional tread pattern for better wet grip and comes with a 55,000-mile treadlife warranty. Developed to be a smarter tire for smarter drivers, the AltiMAX HP addresses many treadwear quality and year-round traction challenges faced by the drivers of today's sports sedans and coupes. Always attractively priced, the tire is a great bang for your buck.

Continental's ExtremeContact DWS is designed to satisfy year-round driving needs by blending dry and wet road performance with light snow and slush traction. Customers love the tire as it has been ranked number one in the Ultra High Performance All-Season category for quite some time. The tire receives high marks in hydroplaning resistance, wet traction and dry performance, however the thing that sets this tire apart from the rest is its ratings in snow and on ice.

Affordably priced, the Fuzion Touring blends good treadwear, a quiet ride and all-season traction on dry and wet roads. Ranked just outside the top ten in the Grand Touring All-Season category, the tire receives excellent marks in most categories.

View all 205/50R16 sized tires and choose the one that's best for how and where you drive your Honda Fit Sport.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiTrac

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ContiTrac Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2011 Ford Ranger XLT
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 16,344
Location: Clarksville, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 16,344 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2013

Continential Contitrac tires are an excellent choice of tires for everyday highway and city driving. Long over looked by most consumers and very affordable.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Radial Mud Rover

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dunlop Radial Mud Rover Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

1985 Toyota Pick-up 4wd
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Sylacauga, AL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

Great tires so far. Best off road traction tire I have used and my last 2 mud tires were BF goodrich M/t and Maxxis mudders. The difference is very pronounced and the tires are also very affordable. I can go up a pretty steep, rocky, rutted wet hill in 2wd (rear locker) that it took 4x4 with the Maxxis. Only about 5,000 miles but I rated them a 10 on wear cause they still look new. Maybe there are better off road tires made. I haven't found any, but for 99% of folks out there the combination of performance and price can't be beat. I'm 100% satisfied with the tires and Tire Rack.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta AST

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Kumho Ecsta AST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Richmond, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

These tires are great so far much better then the Dunlop's that cam on my 2011 Subaru WRX. they made a huge difference in handling with an proper alignment. I am very vigorous on checking inflation rates as well. Dry weather- Hnadles excellent steering response turn-in and driver control/confidence. Wet- Handles great in my opinion drove through plarge puddles with plenty of confidence no hydroplaning in the rain now this might be bias due to the Subaru AWD system(4wheels are always in motion)But over all I like them so far and have owned several Kumho's in the past like the Ecsta and ASX. My favorite were the ASX and I really wanted the 4X this time around but didn't have the budget. So there you go if you want an inexpinsive affordable tire with great control low noise and grip in dry weather and decent in wet weather BUY THIS. If you have the extra money get the KUMHO 4X and Im sure you will be happy.

 

When Should I Remove My Winter / Snow Tires?

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Colin .

People often ask when they should put on and remove their winter / snow tires. Typically, the time most drivers have their winter tires on their vehicle is from late November to early April.

It's important to use them only during the winter months in an attempt to maximize their treadlife. As illustrated in the photo below, tread depth is one of the most important features of a winter tire. 

New Tire Tread Depth   Approaching Winter
Wear Indicators
  Approaching Tread
Wear Indicators

Combines necessary features (tread design, compound and depth) to provide effective snow traction   The tire has worn to about 6/32", where its ability to provide beneficial snow traction diminishes   While still legal at 2/32", the tire has worn well past the depth where it provides beneficial snow traction


All that being said, for much of the country, it's close to the time to switch to your non-winter tires or purchase a new set. We offer many affordable tire options to fit your budget. Also, nothing changes the appearance of your vehicle more than a new set of aftermarket wheels. You can even see what your car will look like with new wheels when you visit our Upgrade Garage.

BEFORE

AFTER

Find a set of wheels to go with your tires to create a Tire & Wheel Package and we'll mount and balance them and include any necessary hardware at no extra cost!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Florissant, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2013

Deep snow In 4WD mode: Good traction for take off, cornering and braking are not as good as take off. To be fair braking and cornering are far better than the other traffic on the road in deep snow, it's easy to accelerate past other traffic and to stop and turn. It's just the traction afforded during take off doesn't match the cornering and stopping (probably the 4WD engaged vs 2WD mode). I found my self sliding off the road in deep snow when traveling much faster than traffic. If I slowed to slightly faster than the average traffic I didn't slide in corners and had no braking lockups at all.
Wet conditions 2WD: No hydroplaning through the life of the tread, good braking and cornering in the wet, take off will spin the tires pretty easily but it's a pickup truck so that's expected.
Dry conditions: Good traction for take off, good braking and cornering. In the dry it's a very good tire. Under emergency braking to the point of activating the antilock system the tires tracked straight with no extra input needed maintain directional control. To be fair stability control in the Tundra may have played a part but, in the particular instance a lady pulled out of a gas station in front of me and the guy in the lane next to me. We were both a 40 mph and slammed on the brakes as we fully expected to hit her. She froze when she realized a truck and car were coming at her and that she was about to be hit. We both stopped about 3 to 8 inches from hitting her. The Tundra and Bridgestones didn't slide or slew and no one was hurt. I heard the tires from my truck and the car next to me skidding as the antilocks pulsed on both vehicles.
Ride comfort is very good, steering response very good, tire noise is good but sometimes on concrete the noise is a little louder than asphalt. Tire wear has be good 50,000 miles and there is still some left before the wear bars. Now that they are near the wear bars there is some hint of hydroplaning but they are all but worn out. Light Offroad good

 

Best Tires for Your Ford Focus ST

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Steve Huffman

When Ford decided to bring the Focus ST to the United States, VW GTI and other hatchback owners finally had an American option. The Focus ST offers a lot of fun and performance at a very affordable price. At nearly 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque, the ST packs quite a punch. ST owners will be looking for ways to enhance the performance and capabilities of this turbocharged pocket rocket. As we know, tires are an easy way to accomplish this.

Right off the assembly line, the ST comes with a very nice tire. As far as an Original Equipment tire goes, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was a smart choice by Ford. This is a Max Performance Summer tire that does a nice job transferring all that power straight to the pavement. Are there better tires out there? Yes, let's take a look.

If you want to keep a super sticky summer tire on the ST and improve upon the O.E. Goodyear, then go with either the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. These tires rank first and second in the Max Performance Summer category. Both options receive high marks in almost every category, including cornering stability, steering response and ride comfort.

Maybe you're in a climate where you'll need or want an all-season tire. After all, if those Goodyears wore out too soon, moving to an all-season tire typically gives you more treadlife. If that sounds like something you'd prefer, I would suggest the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This has been our top-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tire for quite awhile.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Sport
Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole
Position
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS


All these tires are available in the stock size, however if you want to go with a slightly more aggressive size, there's no problem stepping up to a 245/40R18. Shop by vehicle to find all tire options for your Ford Focus ST.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie IIReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2012 Volkswagen GTI
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

Hard to believe that this tire is rated below the Dunlop Wintersport M3, which is a fine winter tire but inferior to the Sottozero II's, specially in the dry. Very happy with this tire, they also outperform the OEM Pirelli P-Zero All Seasons that came with the car, which were H-rated and very unstable at high speeds. I highly recommended this tire, it was the most affordable for the original VW GTi's 18" wheels , and as a bonus it performs great in the dry, far better than any All-season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Kumho Ecsta LX PlatinumReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75

2010 Toyota Camry
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle


Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Lancaster, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2013

This is a very good tire I must say. I have used Kumho before on track cars, and I have to say for a street tire this is a very descend and affordable tire. They seem to be wearing very even and fair (with a good alignment of course). I admit, the tire is slightly noisier, but you can't really tell. I do appreciate the cornering characteristics on the car, the steering is very responsive, and even when loading the tires heavily, the tires allow for good steering control, and the tires still act the way you want them too. In one instance I had to make a quick dodge to the left, because a car decided to change lanes without looking. When loading the front tires and reacting with the steering, the car was able to maneuver quickly and safely, the interesting part is the tires allow you to control the car well, and in turn translate this reaction quickly to the road. I have tested tires in the past, when the car did not produce enough grip, and when you quickly turned the wheel to one side and back, it was almost just as the suspension reacted but the tires really didn't. these guys make sure your very movement is in fact translated to the road, and that is something I can appreciate. I think they are great all season tires, I have not had too much experience in the wet with them, but they hold themselves well during light rain. The Toyota Steering is very smooth, but also very loose, these tires seem to cope with that well, so you they give you good confidence when it comes to controlling the car. I am happy with the purchase.

Looking for Affordable Tires?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Here at Tire Rack, we built our business on higher performance tires for more exotic applications. The inventory expanded over the years as we also carry tires that are targeted toward regular cars used for everyday transportation, and tires for the enthusiast on a budget.

Fuzion, the entry level brand from Bridgestone, often has the best-priced tires in a given size. Though not as well known as its older siblings from Bridgestone and Firestone, Fuzion tires offer an excellent value. The Fuzion Touring is a smooth riding, all-season tire that's very aggressively priced, while the UHP is Fuzion's new Ultra High Performance All-Season tire designed for sporty handling combined with capability in cold weather and light snow. 

Kumho has been a stalwart in the performance-per-dollar arena. Little known when they first came to the United States, they have built a loyal following over the past decade or so. Their Ecsta 4X is often my go-to selection for a value-oriented all-season performance tire. The Solus KR21 does consistently well in surveys among customers needing a regular all-season passenger tire. 

Among light trucks and SUVs, the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051 has an excellent combination of long treadwear, reliable performance and an excellent price. With each option fitting into most budgets, you're getting a great tire for your vehicle as each is currently ranked in the top ten in their class.

To see what options are available for your application, shop by size

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2001 Cadillac Deville
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Payson, UT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2013

I love these tires. They are quiet and very smooth. I drove them through rain and snow and have been amazed how well they grip and handle. I had a Jaguar that had pirelli's on it and when I saw how affordable these were I grabbed a set. I love to see people react when I tell them I had pirellis installed. These tires are worth it.